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Obituaries: August 13, 2021


Kathrine E. Hawkinson
Kathrine E. Hawkinson, 75 of Cook, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021, at her home. Funeral services will be held at 12 noon on Friday, Aug. 13 at Dougherty Funeral Home in Hibbing. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment will be at the Morcom Cemetery immediately following the service. Arrangements are with Dougherty Funeral Home of Hibbing.
She was born on Aug. 14, 1945, in Cook, to Rudolph and Ann (Mravinc) Edblom. Kathrine grew up in rural Cook and later moved to Virginia with her twin sister, Kathleen; they lived in an apartment above a business and even in her later years she would always point it out to whomever she was in the car with. On Oct. 5, 1968, Kathrine was joined in marriage to
Robert Hawkinson. They spent their early years together camping, fishing and enjoying time with family and friends; later on they would enjoy spending summers at the campground in Warroad and snowbirding in Arizona. Kathrine enjoyed playing cards and she would often watch the Hallmark Channel; she also looked forward to gathering with her siblings every Sunday.
She is survived by her children, Wes (Cheryl) Hawkinson of Bear River and Stacy (Jeff) Ohmann of Wright; grandchildren, Colton, Logan and Jade (Brody Hicks) Hawkinson, Katie and Ben Ohmann; siblings, Warren (Harriet) Edblom, Irene (Jerry) Simonson, Loretta Turman, Barbara (Jerry) Gunderson, Donna (Roger) Billington, Joyce Hanson and Robert (Lois) Edblom; sister-in-law, Edith (Zig) Tauginas; brother-in-law, Jerry Sternberg; many nieces, nephews and extended relatives.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert; siblings, Vivian Hanson, twin sister Kathleen Sternberg, Richard Edblom and infant brother Jhalmer.

William C. Heiam
William C. “Bud” Heiam Jr., 92, of Cook, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Friday, Aug. 6, 2021, at the Cook Nursing Home. A service will be held in Mitchell, S.D., in the fall where he will be buried next to his wife, Ginger and son, Jim. Memorials may be made to the W.C. Heiam Medical Foundation at or by mail to PO Box 1195, Cook, MN 55723.
Arrangements are with Mlaker Funeral Home of Cook.
Bud was born to Dr. W. C. Heiam and Louise Neal on May 12, 1929, in Cook. He attended the Cook School, graduating in 1947. He then attended UMD with his best friend and roommate, Elder Metsa, and later attended pre-med at St. Olaf. He married Virginia Joan “Ginger” Geyerman on Aug. 31, 1952. They began their married life in Mitchell, S.D., on a ranch/farm where they lived happily for many years. They had four children, Bobbie, Becky, Bill and Jim. Family was the most important thing to Bud and Gin. They both loved people, loved to entertain, travel, serving their community, and living life to the fullest. Bud was a Mason, a member of the Elks, and a very active Shriner/Jester. In 1980 they lost their youngest son, Jim.
Bud began his second career as a golf course superintendent at the Mitchell Country Club. He loved being in the outdoors and using his knowledge from his years of farming. He retired after many years and became the caregiver for Ginger, whom he lost in 2006. He then moved back to Cook, where he was reunited with many old friends. He became the first resident in the Carefree Living Center and had resided at the Cook Nursing Home for the last eight years. His family is very grateful for the care he received from both places.
Bud is survived by two daughters, Bobbie (Mike) Pritchard and Becky (Larry) Barnes; son; Bill (LeAnn) Heiam; granddaughters, Tifany (Nate) Briggs, Taryn (Matt) Erickson, Chelsi (Greg) Mickle, Jamie and Jordyn Heiam; and seven great-grandchildren, Kohen and Isaiah Briggs, Braeden and Chase Erickson, and Lillian, Oliver and Bronwyn Mickle.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ginger; son, Jim; and sister, Barb Barriger.

Marie M. Olson
A Memorial Visitation for Marie Mae Olson will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 14 at the First Baptist Church in Cook. A Memorial Service for Marie, her sister, Doris Bakk, and her sister-in-law, Gwen Forsline, will be held immediately following the visitation at noon at the First Baptist Church. Arrangements are with Mlaker Funeral Home of Cook.

Anthony C. Rutar Jr.
Anthony C. “A.C.” “Aunch” Rutar Jr., 89, of Buyck, passed away on Monday, Aug. 9, 2021. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 13 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Cook. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are with Mlaker Funeral Home of Cook.

Darren V. Sokoloski
Darren V. Sokoloski, 50, of Grand Rapids, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021, at his home. A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday, Aug. 9 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Grand Rapids with Fr. Jerry Weiss officiating. Family wished to see guests in Viking or fishing gear or something that reminded them of Darren. Burial with military honors was at Harris Cemetery in Grand Rapids. Arrangements were with Rowe Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Grand Rapids.
Darren was born in 1970, to Victor and Patricia (Rablin) Sokoloski in Buyck. In 1977, the family moved to Grand Rapids. He graduated from Grand Rapids High School in 1990. Darren then worked and attended technical college for a short time before enlisting in the United States Navy for nearly five years, part of which time he served on the U.S.S. Dwight D. Eisenhower. After his discharge, Darren returned to Minnesota and worked with his brother driving semi-trucks in Buyck for quite some time. He continued driving trucks in Grand Rapids and then began working for Hibbing Taconite, where he was currently employed. Darren and his family also owned and operated D&S Stump Grinding.
Darren was married on June 28, 2003, to Shannon Prebeck, and together they had two children, Brady and Karley. Darren’s favorite past time was watching his son and daughter at their sporting and extracurricular activities. His first priority was his family and he loved spending time with them. He enjoyed camping, snowmobiling, and watching the Minnesota Vikings. He loved fishing, but more than that, he loved sharing the excitement and joy with the ones he loved. Those who knew him and loved him will remember his goofiness, big heart, and willingness to help others. He will be greatly missed.
Darren is survived by his wife, Shannon; children, Brady and Karley; mother, Patricia; brother, Mike (Char) Sokoloski; sisters, Kelly (Ken) Gunderson, Dee (Chad) Osborne and Tricia (Don) Wahlstrom; in-laws, Rob (Sandy) Prebeck, Derek (Faye) Prebeck and Jessica (Aaron) Kalstad; nieces and nephews, Ashly, Adam, Ryan, Lindsay, Jordan, Caylee, Jaymeson, Elyjah, Tyler, Austin, Aaron and Aryella; and great-niece, Aurora.
He was preceded in death by his father; grandparents; and numerous aunts and uncles.

Vida Anderson
Vida Dickson Anderson, 95, of Cook, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021. Her grandchildren and niece were by her side in her final days. Her family would like to thank Essentia Hospice, the staff at Cook Carefree Living and Dr. Vidor, for their thoughtful care and respect for Vida’s honored life of service. At Vida’s request, no service will be held. Memorials can be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, the Cook VFW Auxiliary, or the Cook Area Hospital Auxiliary.
She is survived by her beloved grandchildren, Joel (Becca Latimer) Anderson of Virginia, Kelly (Keith) Erickson of Hermantown and Kevin (Nicole) Anderson of Ramsey; great-grandchildren, Scott, Matthew and Ellyann Erickson, all of Hermantown, Lillian and Harrison Anderson of Ramsey; daughter-in-law, Judy Anderson of Anoka; foster sons, George Francis of Duluth, Blake (Barb) Francis of Hermantown and Dane Francis of Cook; and numerous nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

Elliot S. Hannine
Elliot Scott Hannine, 60, of Linden Grove, passed away on Monday, Aug. 2, 2021. No service will be held. Arrangements are with Mlaker Funeral Home of Cook.